I am bursting with energy! Probably the iced venti caramel macchiato I had at 4pm today. That IS one of the best things I did today. But first, I need to roll back to yesterday.
Tuesday Best Things:
I started out the morning and did my AM yoga program with Rodney Yee. I felt so good I decided I need to add that in to my morning routine. I was in a great mood all day long. I got a few blogs scheduled, uploaded some photos and then headed to work in the afternoon. The best choice I made there was just to be easy with my shift, accept it instead of resisting it. As a result of this, 5:30 came soon enough. My brother met me at work and we headed off to my nephew's second baseball game of the week out in the Gresham area, which they had to win in order to get to County this coming weekend. They already had to play a game Monday night, which they won. These kids dug in and played an incredibly good game...except they could not finish it due to encroaching darkness, and the game was tied. So...my brother says "what are you doing tomorrow night?" I said, "I guess I'm coming back here." Of course I was not going to miss this! My nephew got an incredible out at home (he was playing catcher). They had to finish the game Wednesday night, until someone won. Most likely an inning or two.
After the game, I was starving. I decided to stop by Whole Foods and get some gluten-free powdered donuts. After a long day of working and baseball watching, I decided I deserved a treat. I blame my mom for this. She was always and forever after getting "treats". Sometimes I hate being gluten-free and really crave a donut. That was a best thing because I didn't give in to my craving for a gluten-full piece of pizza or any other bread-related item, but stuck with gluten-free. It's always a win when I take care of me. I knew I had to work this morning and wanted to be sharp.
Wednesday Best Things:
This morning I got to work. MY LAST SHIFT AT PIER 1!!! I was super-excited about this. One of the best things I did was to decide to work out my posted schedule and not call out of any of my shifts. The awesome thing is they want to me to come back and work over the holidays. Not that I will, but I like the option. I never say never. After an awesome morning of sales, I left just after 1:30. Off I went to the credit union to deposit my last check. I thought I'd have to wait, but it was awesome getting paid this week! Making today my last day was a best thing I did a few weeks ago. I never let money sit, it always goes straight to my account. I keep my mind on my money and my money on my mind. I had just enough time to get home, take an ultra-quick shower (best thing because I felt refreshed and washed the dirt and grime off me) and change into more suitable attire for the game (a sundress).
I headed off to get my brother and nephew for the game, and this is when I got the venti macchiato. We got Connor there an hour early and headed off in search of a 711. That was not necessarily a best thing because that place was cray! But, on the other hand, I did feel a tiny bit better about myself. Okay, back to the game. My nephew had been talking about pitching all day and was ready for it. He's like a total secret weapon. The other team was at bat first, and we had one pitcher who got two on base, and two runs came in. Now we were down by two. My nephew came in and shut the rest out, and up to bat we go.
WE NEVER EVEN GOT A HIT, but we got out speediest base runners on via walks and they both got home. Game is tied. My nephew gets walked on to base, gets around the bases to third. When he slides into third, they overthrow it and the third baseman cannot find the ball. By the time he gets it home, my nephew slid in, jarring the catcher enough that any chance he had of tagging him out ended. And so at this little elementary school field in the middle of the Centennial district, my nephew scored the winning run. We erupted! The kids were so excited and we made a tunnel for the kids and the coaches to run through. It was so cool to be a part of. The coach bought all the kids a Slurpee from 711 in Milwaukie, their sponsor. We felt a little bit better about it because at least we were back in a familiar hood. It was just awesome.
I dropped my brother and nephew off and drove home in the setting sun thinking about how blessed I am. And those were most of my best things. Now, I'm sitting out on the back deck, drinking a glass of Vermentino wine from my favorite winery in Napa, Castello di Amorosa. The lights are on, and the sun has set. The night is still pretty balmy. I am excited I get to wake up tomorrow and do not have to go to Pier 1. I am also excited that I get to go watch my nephew play in the County tournament this weekend. Oh! And I decided to return my Redbox movies tonight by walking, instead of driving. So, I managed to squeeze a good 20-minute walk in. I don't think I need to tell you why going for a walk is a "best thing". I think you probably get it. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings me!